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Mark Valeski, Mr. Bowling Entry 2-1 Favorite in Sunday's 14-Horse $1 million Louisiana Derby

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer NEW ORLEANS (Monday, March 26, 2012) – Brereton Jones’s highly-regarded Mark Valeski, second by a nose in Fair Grounds’ Grade II Risen Star Stakes, will run as part of a coupled wagering interest with that same owner’s Mr. Bowling, hero of the Crescent City oval’s...

Louisiana Derby Post Positions and Morning Line Odds

  The 99th Louisiana Derby Grade II -- Purse $1,000,000 -- 3-Year-Olds -- 1 1/8 miles           Sunday, April 1, 2012 -- Race 10 -- Approx. Post 4:55 p.m. CDT Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots           PP   Horse Jockey...

Summer Applause Top Choice in Saturday's Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks

  Gillian Campbell, Greenwood Lodge Farm and R Group Management’s Summer Applause, heroine of Fair Grounds’ Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes in her last start Feb. 25, has been installed as a solid 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks, sister race to the...

Summer Applause Top Choice in Fair Grounds Oaks

Gillian Campbell, Greenwood Lodge Farm and R Group Management’s Summer Applause, heroine of Fair Grounds’ Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes in her last start Feb. 25, has been installed as a solid 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks, sister race to the coming weekend...

Sunday Notes: Cigar Street Breezes for Louisiana Derby

Trainer Steve Margolis breezed Jake Ballis’s Cigar Street five furlongs in 1:01.20 Sunday morning and shortly thereafter pronounced the colt ready to compete in the upcoming $1 million Louisiana Derby on April 1. “We’re good (for the local Derby),” said Margolis of the lightly raced son of 2008...

Fillies, Fashion & Fizz Presented by Macy's Returns On Louisiana Derby Day, April 1

The arrival of spring means it’s time to dust off your hats and seersuckers. Fillies, Fashion & Fizz Presented by Macy’s®, the decadent afternoon for stylish 21st century Southern belles and dandies, returns to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Louisiana Derby Day, April 1. The upscale...

Speedacious, Inspired Dead Heat in Happy Ticket

NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 24, 2012) – Carl Moore Management’s Speedacious and Peter Blum Thoroughbreds’ Inspired, first and second choices respectively in Saturday’s $75,000 Happy Ticket Stakes, dead-heated for the win in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint  for older fillies and mares that was...

Speedacious, Inspired Dead Heat in Happy Ticket

NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 24, 2012) – Carl Moore Management’s Speedacious and Peter Blum Thoroughbreds’ Inspired, first and second choices respectively in Saturday’s $75,000 Happy Ticket Stakes, dead-heated for the win in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint  for older fillies and mares that was...

Saturday Notes: NO Cap, Muniz Probables; Saturday Louisiana Derby Works

Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Mission Impazible, defending champion from last season’s Grade II New Orleans Handicap and winner of the Grade II Louisiana Derby two years ago, is set to meet George and Lori Hall’s Pants On Fire, hero of last season’s $1 millionLouisiana Derby in the upcoming battle...

Hurricane Bluff Blows Away Rivals in Friday Feature

Chad White’s Hurricane Bluff, away alertly and quickly in command, made the pace throughout in Friday’s $41,000 allowance and $30,000 optional claiming sprint for accredited Louisiana-bred sophomores and proved 2 1/2-lengths the best at the wire. The winner, trained by Frank Trosclair and ridden by...